Bangabandhu-1 on its way to orbit


The move made Bangladesh's debut in the global space society.

However, the newly minted Block-5 edition of the Falcon was successful in its second attempt, taking off at 9.14 pm (UK time) and carrying a communications satellite for Bangladesh into orbit.

The latest version of SpaceX's Falcon 9 booster lifted off today from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Bangabandhu-1 will be operated by its makers Thales Alenia Space for the first year, even as Bangladeshis are trained to take complete control from the 3rd year onwards.

The rocket had its share of hangups to get to the successful launch today.

"The satellite will be a great addition to our Information Technology heralding our entry into the Satellite Club of the world", she said adding, "The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will certainly bring revolutionary changes in our broadcast and telecommunications sector".

The accomplishment has been hailed from Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a Live stream overall look from your country's capital, Dhaka.

The upgraded rocket model ensures enhanced reusability and carried a Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into geostationary orbit.

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She recalled how the Founding Father of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, had within three years of independence, "established the first Satellite Earth-Station at Betbunia, Rangamati in 1974". The two ground stations that can simultaneously be used for navigation have been built at Ghazipur and Betbunia.

Friday's trip marked the SpaceX launch so far this year, compared to five orbital-class missions the organization had photographed in an identical stage in 2017, according to Musk.

Falcon 9 is scheduled to be certified by NASA for launching human beings. The satellite is expected to expand communication capabilities across Bangladesh and in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Bngabandhu-1 could save the foreign currency and its unused capacity could also be rented to other nations.

SpaceX had previously planned to launch the satellite using Falcon-9 rockets on December 16, 2017, but the launch was postponed due to damage from Hurricane Irma.

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It will also provide broadband connectivity to rural areas throughout the country.